100 Days of A&S Challenge – Part 3

I have now passed the three-quarter mark in this challenge. Here is a summary of what I did for days 51-75. This quarter of the challenge included more weaving, more kumihimo, painting pottery, making weaving cards, displaying my work at GNEW, and research and discussion on documentation.

On the weaving front, I warped two more looms and began weaving three projects. These projects include an orange piece of trim which will most likely be donated, this year’s Baronessa’s Champion garters, and a 3/1 Twill warp to play around with.

Since I was running short on the right sized cards, I made some more weaving tablets.

 

I completed another kumihimo cord (#5 since beginning this challenge) which became the cord for a silver crescent necklace,
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and began a new one (#6). Up until now, I have only done 8-strand cords. This one is a 12-strand cord. I am amazed at the difference those 4 cords make. And I absolutely love the affect.

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In late June, I went to a fundraiser at Time to Clay, to help out a good friend. I had a great time!

The following weekend, I picked up the finished product.

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I had another chance to display my work in the A&S Display at the Great Northeastern War (GNEW) a couple of weekends ago. (The shield in the back of this picture belongs to the display that was next to mine.)

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It is my desire to add better documentation to my display in the near future.

And, finally, I spent some time with my Laurel discussing how to document my work. This led to lots of time looking at pictures in a wonderful book, Florence Art and Architecture.

 

That’s about it for now. Stay tuned for the final part next month, following Pennsic.

100 Days of A&S Challenge – Part 2

In my last post, 100 Days of A&S Challenge, I summarized what I had done for the challenge for days 1-27. Now I am back to summarize days 28-50, including more kumihimo, tablet weaving, hand sewing, and applique.

I finished the 3rd kumihimo cord as a replacement cord for my silver crescent medallion. Then I made a 4th but messed up on the length. So it is short but I’ll figure out a use for it. If nothing else, it was good practice.

 

Of course, I did more tablet weaving. (Because, have string, will play.) I completed the laurel leaves fillet and delivered it to whom it belonged.

 

And I made more A&S tokens – 6 more.

 

I did a little more reading on the history of handlooms. Not much but every little bit builds my knowledge.

And just recently, I warped a loom with a new tablet weaving project, which will probably be for donation.

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I also did some projects that were either new to me or unpracticed to me. These included hand sewing some hems on a piece of garb and applique using the blanket stitch to embellish a piece of garb. This would be for my new Palio garb.

 

I loved the finished product but I may still add more embellishment for next year.

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And, last but not least, I displayed my A&S work at this same event – Palio di Stonemarche.

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Stay tuned for Part 3: Days 51-75. Coming in a few weeks.

100 Days of A&S Challenge

Just under a month ago, on May 2nd, a friend pointed out a challenge she found and asked if anyone wanted to join her. The challenge was made by Baroness Ameline of Rowany from the Kingdom of Lochac and can be found at artsandsciences.lochac.sca.org.

Basically, the challenge is to do A&S every day for at least 10 minutes per day for 100 days in a row. If you miss a day, you start over at day 1. Since A&S is one of my favorite parts of the SCA, I accepted the challenge. And since I was about to start weaving when I read about the challenge, I decided to begin that very night. I am now on day 27.

I am going to showcase what I have accomplished over the past 27 days, thanks to this challenge.

I reacquainted myself with the art of kumihimo and am now working on my 3rd cord since starting the challenge.

 

I finished this year’s three Baron’s Champion garters.

 

With the extra warp left over from the above champion garters, I have woven six A&S tokens, with more to come, for giving out at A&S displays.

 

I have also been working on another weaving project — a laurel leaves fillet.

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I started a project to spiffy up a new piece of garb by embroidering chain stitch around the collar and the sleeves, with more to come.

 

I also spent a little time reading up on the handloom. I hope to do a bit more reading in the coming months.

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This challenge has already helped me to commit more to A&S. And I am loving the progress that I am seeing. A little bit each day goes a long way toward progress and often leads to more time given to projects each day.

 

Tablet Weaving Continues

After a couple of months of weaving like crazy for Birka, I needed a break. So I slowed down a bit but I didn’t stop. Since Birka, I completed this piece of trim to be donated where needed.

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This piece was made with 60/2 silk using a 4 forward, 4 back turning pattern. It is about 1/2 inch wide and 111 inches long. The pattern was taken from A Tablet Weaver’s Pattern Book, p. 68, pattern 52.1. It took me about 15.5 hours to complete.

Two other tablet-weaving projects have been started but not yet completed. More on these once I complete them.

 

Most of my crafting time has gone toward weaving. However, I have done a little bit of embroidery on favors. And some researching, including museum visits while visiting Italy last month.

Now it’s time to get back to the hands-on. Be back soon with more updates.

Birka XXVII Project (2017)

Beginning at the end of November 2016, I began tablet weaving as many woven items as I could to be donated to the Royal Gift bags to be given by the Barony of Stonemarche to each royal person attending Birka this year. In addition to our own four royals of the East Kingdom, we had eight others attending.

These are the new items I wove between the end of November 2016 and the end of January 2017. (The top two pictures are silk garters. The bottom left picture is a perle cotton belt. The bottom right picture is one woven piece which I made into two gifts – a pair of silk garters and trim.)